Narrative Inheritance (Pantoum)

(Written with Spoma Jovanovich, UNC-Greensboro; Abby Lackey, Jackson State Community College; Cara Mackie, Florida Southern College, in Montgomery, AL on 4/6/2019)

(Upon reflecting on Montgomery, Alabama's National Memorial for Peace and Justice)

"Is this like a maze?" "Yes, precious one, it is."
Lives mattered then, and they matter now.
Burdened, silenced, burdened, heavy; I want to beg for mercy.
Blood, tears. Water.

Lives mattered then, and they matter now.
Standing in the midst of ghostly witnesses to hate, hanging, there is no peace.
Blood, tears. Water.
Dignity.

Standing in the midst of ghostly witnesses to hate, hanging, there is no peace.
The wall is crying shades of brown.
Dignity.
A narrative inheritance I cannot escape.

The wall is crying shades of brown.
Burdened, silenced, burdened, heavy; I want to beg for mercy.
A narrative inheritance I cannot escape.
"Is this like a maze?" "Yes, precious one, it is."


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